Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Two Cyclone men’s basketball players have joined the elite group of Iowa Staters drafted by the NBA — last Thursday, the Indiana Pacers selected Georges Niang with the 50th overall pick of the draft and the Boston Celtics took Abdel Nader eight picks later.
“The game is athletic, but I think he’s always gotten by and been successful because he’s super crafty,” Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said of Niang. “My boss (Larry Bird) is pretty crafty, too. He knows how to use his body, he’s got the spin moves, he does all that and he knows how to be in the right position on defense, too. We needed to improve our overall team IQ.”
2) Decades after it was researched, screwworm sex took center stage last week with the announcement of Raymond C. Bushland and Edward F. Knipling’s (PhD ’47) 2016 Golden Goose Award — an honor that recognizes work that may seem silly but has led to important scientific breakthroughs. ISU grad Knipling worked with Bushland for the USDA and passed away in 2000, but the legacy of their work has implications today — including biological control efforts that are today being implemented around pests such as soybean aphids and Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
3) We’re still looking for alumni stories about Lake LaVerne to include in our celebration of #100YearsofLakeLaVerne, coming soon to our website and VISIONS magazine. Send your memories and Lake-related stories to ISUAA associate director of communications Kate Bruns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Next Monday is Independence Day, and the campus will be closed for the holiday. But if you’re in Ames, be sure to visit Reiman Gardens on Sunday for a celebration and 10 p.m. fireworks display.
5) Our catalog of 2017 Traveling Cyclones adventures is now available online. Browse the site and find a great opportunity to escape next year.